A Christmas Carol - Kansas City Repertory Theatre

A Christmas Carol

Nov 17 - Dec 24 at Spencer Theatre

Kansas City’s favorite holiday tradition is back for its 37th season, with an all-NEW adaptation by KCRep Artistic Director, Eric Rosen! A ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Complete with lively musical numbers, ornate costumes, and dashing stagecraft, Dickens’ classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what’s really worth celebrating – at the holidays, or any time! A Kansas City Holiday Tradition!

This show runs 2 hours long, with one 20-minute intermission.
This show utilizes strobe light and smoke effects.

Sponsored by…


Anne & Bill Blessing



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Written by
Charles Dickens Adapted and Directed by
Eric Rosen

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Meet the Cast & Company

About the playwright/director/artistic director

Eric Rosen

Eric Rosen has been the Artistic Director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre since 2008, and was previously the co-founder and Artistic Director of Chicago’s About Face Theatre. World premieres under his direction include Venice (KCRep, CTG, Public, named “Best Musical of 2010” by TIME, original cast recording Ghostlight), Clay (About Face/Lookingglass, CTG, LCT3, Jeff Award, Best Solo Performance, Ovation nomination), Roof of the World (KCRep), A Christmas Story: The Musical (KCRep, 5th Ave, subsequent Bway production Tony nominated for Best Musical), The Fairy Tale lives of Russian Girls (Alliance), M. Proust (Jeff nomination, Best New Play) and Theater District (Jeff Award, Best New Play, both at Steppenwolf/About Face). Other directing credits: Goodman, Hartford Stage, CenterStage, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare, Melbourne Theatre Company (AUS), the O’Neill, and Sundance. At the Rep, Rosen reimagines classic plays and musicals, including Side By Side By Sondheim, Evita, a site-specific Sunday in the Park with George at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Hair: Retrospection in collaboration with and starring members of the original Broadway companies, a punk rock Pippin, along with classics from Romeo and Juliet to Trip to Bountiful to Death of a Salesman. Rosen produced the original production of the Pulitzer and Tony winning play I Am My Own Wife (About Face/MCA) and One Arm(About Face/Steppenwolf/Tectonic). As a playwright, his work includes Lot’s Wife (earlier version called Wedding Play–Jeff nomination, Best New Play), Dream Boy (Jeff Award, Best Play, Best Direction) Winesburg, Ohio (Jeff Award, Best New Play),and Venice. Rosen serves on the Board of Directors of TCG, is the Hall Family Foundation Teaching Professor of Theater at UMKC, and holds a doctorate in performance studies from Northwestern University and a BA in performance studies from UNC.

Lauren Braton

KCRep: Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods. Local:Nine, Violet,A Little Night Music(Spinning Tree Theatre); First Date, Cinderella,Sound

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Quartet | Soprano
Walter Coppage

KC Rep: Fences, A Raisin in the Sun, A Christmas Carol, Carter’s Way, The Gospel at Colonus, To Kill a

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Ghost of Jacob Marley/Businessman/ Fezziwig Party Guest
Sam Cordes

Sam Cordes was “born in a trunk” in Kansas City, Missouri and has been doing professional theatre since the age

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Fred/Young Ebenezer
Bree Elrod

KC Rep: A Christmas Carol (2ndseason), Constellations, and Fire in Dreamland, Roof of theWorld (World Premieres). Local: A Streetcar Named

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Mrs. Cratchit/ Fezziwig Party Guest
Peggy Friesen

KC Rep:The Fantasticks, The Diary of Anne Frank, Angels in America, Our Town, The Syringa Tree, Man and Superman, Indian

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Gary Neal Johnson

KCRep (Associate Artist):Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman), Little Shop of Horrors (Mushnik), August: Osage County (Charlie), Cabaret (Herr Schultz),

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Ebenezer Scrooge
Shanna Jones

KCRep:Between the Lines, Side by Side by Sondheim, The Diary of Anne Frank, Sunday in the Park with George, Stillwater,

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Quartet | Alto
Jay Love

KCRep: Antony and Cleopatra (Co-Production, UMKC Theatre). Local: King Lear (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Neighborhood Goons (KC Fringe Festival, Crumblecake

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Andrew/Quarreler/ Fezziwig Suitor/ Fred Party Guest
Mike Prucha

KCRep: debut. Regional: multiple woodwinds as a pit musician (The Rose Theater, Omaha; various Kansas City and Omaha venues).Education: Master’s

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Musican | Reeds
John Rensenhouse

KCRep:To Kill A Mockingbird, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Dracula, Gross Indecency, Royal Hunt of the Sun, King Lear (twice!).Local: You Can’t

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Mr. Fezziwig/Old Joe
Mark Robbins

KCRep:Roof of the World, Sticky Traps, Angels in America (Parts I and II), Death of a Salesman, The Mystery ofIrma

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Charles Dickens
Ken Sandberg

KCRep: Antony and Cleopatra (Co-Production, UMKC Theatre). Local: King Lear (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Way of the World, Desire: An

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Solicitor/Ghost of Christmas Future/ Dick Wilkins/ Quarreler
Jonathan Lloyd Schriock

KCRep:A Christmas Carol,Evita, Sunday in the Park with George, Cabaret.Local:Violinist with Stevie Wonder (Sprint Center);Hands on a Hardbody, Everyday Rapture(Unicorn

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Musician | Violin
Megan Sells

KCRep:Antony and Cleopatra(Co-Production, UMKC).Local: Men on Boats(Unicorn Theatre);The Way of the World, Desire: An Evening of Plays Based on Six

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Mrs. Dilber/Miner/ Fezziwig Party Guest/ Dance Captain
Vanessa Severo

KC Rep: Roof of the World, A Christmas Carol, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, August: Osage County, Cabaret,

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Belle/Mrs. Fred/Rich Woman
Emily Shackelford

KCRep: Between the Lines,Man in Love, A Christmas Carol, Evita, The Fantasticks, Stillwater, Hair: Retrospection, The Foreigner, Cabaret.Off Broadway:Lucky Duck

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Fan/Martha Cratchit/ Fezziwig Daughter
Rusty Sneary

KCRep: Lot’s Wife, Roof of the World, A Christmas Carol, The Who & The What, Romeo and Juliet, The Foreigner,

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Solicitor/Ghost of Christmas Present/ Fezziwig Party Guest
Charlie Spillers

KCRep: Antony and Cleopatra (Co-Production, UMKC). Local: King Lear (Kansas City Actors Theatre);The Way of the World, Desire: An Evening

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Topper/Businessman/ Fezziwig Suitor/Quarreler
Bradley Thomas

KC Rep: A Christmas Carol, The Living Room’s Production of Carousel. International: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ragtime (Germany).

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Undertaker/Fezziwig Suitor/ Fred Party Guest
Jake Walker

KC Rep: Sunday in the Park with George, A Christmas Carol.Local: Tribes, Other Desert Cities, Great American Trailer Park Musical,

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Bob Cratchit/Lighthouse Man/ Fezziwig Party Guest
Cheryl Weaver

This marks Cheryl’s 7th year as a cast member of A Christmas Carol. Other KC Rep:Romeo and Juliet, Death of

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Solicitor/Ghost of Christmas Past
Brianna Woods

KCRep: Between the Lines, A Raisin in the Sun, A Christmas Carol(3rdseason). Local: Garfield, A Musical with Cattitude (The Coterie);

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Caroline/Mrs. Fezziwig Sister
Donovan Woods

KCRep: Between the Lines. Local: Marty the Zebra in Madagascar The Musical, A Charlie Brown Christmas (Snoopy), and Boy in

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Quartet | Bass
John-Michael Zuerlein

John-Michael Zuerlein is happy to be returning to the KCRep, having last been seen here as the Boatman in Sunday

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Lucy Alcock

Lucy is thrilled to be a part of A Christmas Carol this year. She is looking forward to being part

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Youth Ensemble
Emma Andrews

KC Rep:A Christmas Carol (2nd Season) Local:Snoopy(Sally Brown), Aladdin,Jr. (Abu),Hairspray, Jr. (Featured soloist), Mulan, Jr. (Matchmaker’s assistant),Dr. Dolittle, Jr.(Polynesia), Seussical

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Youth Ensemble
Eli Black

KCRep: A Christmas Carol (2nd season). Local: 13 The Musical (The Barn Players). Shreveport LA: Mary Poppins (Michael Banks, Emmett

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Youth Ensemble
Ashley Elliott-Rowe

This show is a dream come true for Ashley. Many of her best memories & best friends have come through

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Youth Ensemble
Estelle Gordon

Estelle is so excited to be a part of A Christmas Carol. She is thrilled for this experience and grateful

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Youth Ensemble
Marshall Jones

Marshall is excited to work with the KC Rep in A Christmas Carol. From his first roles with Dance Limited

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Youth Ensemble
Anna Mikesic

Anna is very grateful and excited to be a part of A Christmas Carol.She has been in several productions at

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Youth Ensemble
Benjamin Priestland

KC Rep: A Christmas Carol (3rd season). Local:Annie Jr.(Hooverville Man, 2013), Beauty & The Beast Jr.(Maurice, 2014), Once On This

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Youth Ensemble
Lauren Rothhaas

KCRep: debut. Local: Les Misérables, Miracle on 34th Street (Shawnee Mission South High School); Jungle Book (Barstow Lower School). Education:

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Aria Smith

Aria is over the moon to make her debut at the KC Rep and to be performing as part of

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Youth Ensemble
Drew Squire

Drew is so excited to be part of A Christmas Carol.Drew loves his extended musical theatre family! Drew was in

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Maddox Bane

KC Rep:A Christmas Carol(4th Season).Local:The Who’s Tommy (Middle Tommy, Musical Theater Heritage); Mary Poppins(Michael Banks, Starlight Theatre);Camelot(Sir Tom of Warwick,

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Youth Ensemble
Siena Claure

Siena is super excited to be part of A Christmas Carol. This is a dream come true ever since she

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Youth Ensemble
Elliott Daggett

KC Rep: debut. Local: The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker(Kansas City Ballet). Elliott is a 6th grader at Prairie Elementary,

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Youth Ensemble
Ella Graham

Ella is so excited to be part of A Christmas Carol. It is truly a childhood dream come true to

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Youth Ensemble
Sarah Keary

Sarah is enjoying being a part of the KC Rep’s A Christmas Carol cast. She loves meeting others that love

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Youth Ensemble
Ellie Shae McManamy

KCRep: A Christmas Carol (3rd season). Local: Aristocrats (Roquefort, Theatre in the Park Academy); Jane Eyre (Adele, The Barn Players);

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Youth Ensemble
Ava Jane Meiners

Ava is excited to be a part of A Christmas Carol. Ava loves being involved in musical theatre productions whether

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Youth Ensemble
Sawyer Nevins

KC Rep: A Christmas Carol (3rd season). Local:Carmen (children’s chorus, Lyric Opera Kansas City); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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Youth Ensemble
Cara Parsi

KC REP: debut. Local: Fiddler on the Roof, Narnia, Annie Warbucks, and Wizard of Oz(Christian Youth Theatre);Magic Woods(Coterie Master ActingClass).Education:

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Youth Ensemble